Crochet with friends!

I have a project I am working on but I don’t want to show you until its done. So next Thursday I will finally post a pattern which I have been failing to do for a while.

Today I want to talk about a way to get motivated to work on your own projects. A few months ago I got a group of ladies together on a Saturday morning to do crafts and chat and stuff. some people brought their knitting and I obviously did some crochet and one lady brought her scrap booking stuff. It was a ton of fun and this Saturday we are going to do it again and make it a more regular thing. So, if you are lacking motivation and you have some crafty friends get a group together to meet and work on projects and talk and stuff. My group is going to meet twice a month but your group can meet once a week or once a month or whatever works for everyone. Then you have a whole hour or two to work on whatever you project you want as well as hang out with great people. Its a win-win situation for everybody!

Good luck!

-Nicole

Crazy cool potholders

I found this pattern on Pinterest. I really loved the idea of alternating colors within a cool pattern to get something like this, but this pattern was crazy hard. Well, it wasn’t really hard, at least technically, but it was hard on my hands. Holding that many stitches together to make a cluster really did a number on my joints. But it was good fun. I made a set for my brother-in-law as a wedding present, which I forgot to take a picture of. And then I made this set, which I think I’ll put on etsy, because I have plenty of pot holders. I was considering making a bunch of sets to sell, but the pattern is so painful that I think this will be the only one, unless people start clamoring for them.

The original pattern is meant to be continued to make an afghan, but I liked the idea of keeping it smaller, plus my hands couldn’t have taken much more. The ones I made for my brother-in-law were without any alterations to the original pattern, but it creates holes, which add fun texture but really only make them useful as trivets. For this set I decided to make a backing to cover the holes so that they can be used to touch hot things.

My pot holders, after doing three different colors, ended up being about 5.75 inches square. I used an F hook and I Love This Cotton yarn. For the backing I did a foundation chain of 20 stitches and then alternated between a row of double crochet and a row of single crochet until it was about square. Then I left a long tail and sewed it onto the back of the potholder. It turned out pretty well and gives the potholder a more hefty feel, which I like to have when taking hot things out of an oven :)

 

 

Crazy cool potholders

 

Happy crocheting!

Kristen

 

 

Crochet legacy

ImageThese are my grandmas, the two on the left are mine and the one on the right is Travis’. I think these are wonderful ladies! The Grandma who is right next to me (me being the girl in white) is my grandma Hopper and she is a very talented crocheter. 

Want proof?

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She crocheted this afghan for us for our wedding and we proudly display it on our couch for everyone who walks into our apartment. We use it everyday because it is a gorgeous work of art that we want everyone to enjoy.

As you can see, I have a lot to live up to. I’m just lucky to have such a wonderful lady to strive to be like. That goes for all my grandmas.

-Nicole

 

I Love Hobby Lobby

Life has been really stressful lately, so sorry for the missing post on Monday and the late one today. I don’t have any projects to share today, but I wanted to talk about my absolute favorite yarn ever. For those of you who have a Hobby Lobby nearby, count yourselves lucky, because they’re brand of cotton yarn I Love This Cotton is fabulous and a joy to crochet with. Plus it’s on sale a lot, and Hobby Lobby has they’re fabulous 40% off coupon you can use on one full-price item every time you go in. I Love This Cotton crochets tightly, is super soft, and doesn’t pill, at least not yet :) And it comes in really pretty colors. I think it’s the best store brand yarn around.

There’s my opinion for you for today. Hopefully life will slow down a little bit, so I can start posting about some projects.

Happy crocheting, everyone!

Kristen

Being silly can be interesting

Can I tell you guys a secret? Sometimes I’m very oblivious.

OK, let me back up. In my sushi scarf post I talked about how I had tried and failed to learn to crochet. Lots of people tried to teach me but almost as soon as the lesson was over, I would pick up the hook and have absolutely no idea what this alien object was or how to use it. Eventually I learned how to do a simple chain but i still had no idea how to build off of it. This was back when I was in elementary school and I used this new found knowledge of chaining to make key chains. For some reason, nobody wanted them…anyway I think I was in high school when I finally learned how to single crochet into a chain. I promised my dad a home made pot holder for Christmas but it was more of a small square rag. In retrospect, I don’t think a pot holder was a good Christmas gift for my dad but he seemed like he really wanted it at the time. That’s my dad for you, the sweetest man you’ll ever meet.

I think that was the point where I gave up ever figuring it out. I was looking at my grandmother who is a master crocheter, my mother who makes these really cute and sought for baby blankets and my sister who was crocheting an afghan as her first project. I wasn’t depressed about it I just figured it wasn’t for me, whatever I’ll move on to something I don’t suck so bad at.

Fast forward to last summer. I had just gotten married, we had moved into a new apartment, I was taking summer classes and trying to find a job. We were visiting with some friends, another married couple, and she had a hook out with some yarn teaching another friend how to crochet a pot holder. She asked if I wanted to learn to. So I did and amazingly enough it stuck. It wasn’t a foreign object the minute we left their house, I could still do the stuff she taught me.

Doors suddenly opened. I could do the cool fancy thing all the other women in my family could do but I could do it my way. I could make that cute My Neighbor Totoro bag I saw a picture of, I could make that Amigurumi Link from the Legend of Zelda, I could do anything! Except I couldn’t I was biting off way more than I was prepared to chew. However, I had time, energy, I was ready to learn and I discovered something magical.

Google

Yes Google, or really any search engine. Now you may ask why Google is so magical. Its so part of our everyday lives, why are you just now discovering it. Again, I’m a little oblivious sometimes and it never even occurred to me that the internet might have tutorials for different stitches and techniques. Heck, Kristen and I sometimes do Google hangouts and she shows me how to do things. If it wasn’t for Google I wouldn’t have made that scarf or any of my other projects. In short, the internet taught me how to crochet and that is not a bad thing. The internet is all about sharing information and ideas with others, so why can’t I teach myself a new skill using this tool?

Yes yes Nicole we get it, the internet is great. Whats your point.

The project I’m working on told me to do something I didn’t know how to do. So I Googled it.

-Nicole

(Next week I will actually talk about that project instead of rambling on about my life.)

Who doesn’t love Calvin and Hobbes?

I grew up with the Calvin and Hobbes comics. My family had a bunch of the books and I always read it in the paper, and I was heartbroken when Bill Watterson decided to end it. I want my kids to enjoy it as much as I did, and I figured I’d give them an early start. I found the pattern for a crocheted Hobbes, and I plan to give it to my daughter when she’s born.

I haven’t finished it yet. I’m taking it slow, since I still have some time to get it done. But it’s really fun to see it come to life. Those of you who are familiar with amigurumi might be able to figure out how to make this, if you’re interested in figuring it out on your own (if I knew anything about amigurumi, I know I would enjoy the challenge), but, if not, sukigirl has graciously offered her pattern to give the perfect dimensions for an adorable little Hobbes doll.

I’ve finished the two legs and the tail so far.

Hobbes piecesI can’t wait to show you the finished product.

In honor of Calvin and Hobbes and Bill Watterson, sukigirl has asked that her pattern only be used to make items that will be given away, no selling allowed. I think she has an excellent point. Watterson never commercialized his comic. The most he allowed was for it to be printed in books, and I think that is exactly how it should stay. You will not see this on our etsy store, but always feel free to make one yourself, or ask your favorite crocheter to make one for you :)

Happy crocheting!

Kristen

Crochet spiral hat

I know its not the right season for warm fuzzy hats but I really wanted to share this one with you. I came across the pattern on Pinterest and when I noticed that my black hat was getting to be done, I decided to make this hat.

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I made a trial version of the hat following this exact pattern over Christmas while I was visiting my in-laws. I gave that hat to my sister in law because it still wasn’t quite what I wanted. When I made the hat for myself I changed the brim because I wasn’t to fond of the way the front and back post double crochets looked. For that I just did single crochets. I think it made it look cleaner.
ImageThe pattern itself was very simple and they have a baby version available on the same page. I think this would be an adorable hat for Kristens new baby, yes? That way, she and her Auntie could have matching hats! ^_^
 
-Nicole

It was a long weekend

This last weekend I was out of town at my brother-in-law’s wedding. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see family. However I wasn’t able to get a post ready before we left, and I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep and rest. We were running non-stop for the last three days and my poor pregnant body is having a hard time recovering. Crocheting posts will be up again starting on Thursday.

Kristen

Sushi scarf!!

This was my first real crochet project. When I was younger people kept trying to teach me how to crochet and it just didn’t stick until a little while ago when a friend encouraged me to try again. I’ve crocheted many a pot holder (and by pot holder I mean a slightly wonky square of single crochet stitches) with varying degrees of success. This scarf was a slightly wonky long rectangle of single crochet stitches but it turned out all right.

ImageI made some mistakes with this. I didn’t realize that crocheting in the back loops was different than just normal crocheting so the entire scarf was ribbed. I also had to figure out how to change color so the changes aren’t the prettiest. I was also crocheting really tight so I had to do a lot of redos. It was a very good learning experience.

Melanie wearing the scarfI gave the scarf to my awesome cousin for Christmas (pictured above). I got the idea from seeing pictures of other people who have done similar things. I started with the meat (pink and then as I was crocheting I rolled it to see where I was and when I needed to change color. It was a fun project and it kept me interested in crocheting.

-Nicole

Crocheted Coasters

I have some exciting news! We’re having a girl!!! I’m super excited to start making girly things, and we couldn’t be happier to be welcoming a little girl into our family. Okay, that’s my big news. On to the crocheting :)


Crochet coasters

I found this pretty little pattern a while back and decided to make a bunch of sets for family and friends. I adjusted the pattern a little bit to make it look a bit cleaner. Instead of chaining six to start I only chained five. This made the center a little tighter. I also only chained two at the start of each round instead of three. When I chained three to start it created too much space between the height chain and the first double crochet.

If you would like to make some for yourself, you can find the pattern at http://crochet.about.com/od/vintage/ss/aa052606.htm. Or if you’d like to buy one of the sets pictured, you can purchase them from our Etsy shop.

Crochet coasters

Crochet coasters

Happy crocheting!

Kristen